I had a lot of fun recording the latest episode of my podcast, 2 Guys on Fitness, this month, partly because it features exercises on the gym floor. I get to talk about a lot of things on the podcast, but it’s great when I get to work up a sweat during the recording.
Combination routines pull together complimentary exercises into a single set of exercises delivered at a tempo that is challenging and energising. When I deliver a full body workout I combine a number of such exercises into sets which take my clients round the gym floor, but a combination routine does not need to be so all-embracing.
In fact you can put together your own combination routine to target the muscle groups that are important to you and also follow a staggered workout which targets different parts of the body in various days. The crucial aspect of this kind of staggered training, I would say, is in ensuring the body is comprehensively covered during a workout cycle, so that the effects of the staggered training are evenly distributed around the body.
In training, as in most things, aesthetics are important!
So, in the 3-part combination, as featured in this video shot at Jubilee Hall Gym Covent Garden (and in the latest podcast episode) I target shoulders, chest, glutes’ and legs. This is a simple and energising combination and should leave you feeling the effect of the workout on the body areas concerned, as well as in your general fitness level.
Deliver 3 sets of 10 repetitions of each exercise in this routine to get the maximum impact and the combination should be a challenge without wiping you out!